An expert recruitment company gives us valuable recruiting tips. This article may surprise you and help you get across the line at your next interview.In this article, we are going to do a run through the do's and don'ts of interviewing with a potential employer. We look at preparation, body language, how to dress and what types of questions you should ask.
Here's a quick video to give you an overview:
The first thing that you should do is to complete your research on the company:
1. Check the website and learn what the company does, learn what the company's mission statement is along with learning the amount of staff and offices they currently have.
2. Read Up on the company's history.
3. Have the business been in the press recently? If so read the articles and be sure you're able to discuss the business with credibility.
4. Who are the main competitors for this business Ð learn the names etc.
5. Check out the company's social media pages LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter etc.
Prepare questions for your interview
Remember, this is your future too, they will respect you more for asking questions about the company and your prospects within it - it shows them you are confident,you have options and you are a catch that they should be pleased to have the opportunity to meet you too (without coming across as arrogant). The types of questions that you want to ask are obviously about the role specifically i.e. technical questions.
Once you have satisfied yourself with these you should then ask questions about the following:
- Is there any training provided in the role?
- Companies culture.
- Why do you think applicants choose thisÊcompany over the competitors?
- What types of skills will the successful candidate need to really make a difference in this role?
- What do you like most about working for the business?
- What is the reason for the role becoming live?
- How does the company evaluate their staff's success?
- Can you describe a typical day in this role?
- What are the company's goals for the short and longer term?
- Tell me about yourself
- What are you passionate about?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time
- Can you tell me about a time that you had an angry customer and how you dealt with them?
- Have you ever broken the rules in the workplace and if so what did you do?
- What are your hobbies?
- Which websites do you visit the most?
- Can you name some traits that you don't like in co-workers?
- What was your greatest success in your last company?
- How many golf balls are in the bucket?
The main reasons for this type of question is to see if you panic under pressure don't let it get to you smile and embrace the question it is fine enjoy the challenge and relax.
During the interview
Body language required in an interview situation should be open and positive. Good eye contact is very important.
Handshake with your right hand, make sure your palms are dry and be sure to make eye contact.
When walking in be sure that your walk is brisk and snappy and not slow and laboured you need to give the impression of confidence.
Keep constant eye contact especially when you're talking when you look away it can be deemed that you're not being truthful
Hold a firm posture make sure that you don't cross your arms or legs keep your arms open
Don't put your file on your lap just keep it in front of you making notes when required
Don't fidget with your hands, bite nails or pick scabs remain focussed on the task at hand
The main advice we give is BE YOURSELF!
You never want to be that person who gives a wrong impression of themselves in an interview. If your personalities do not match in the interview stage then this is fine don't worry about it it's better to find this out at interview stage rather than start with a business and be unhappy due to you not being able to get along with your boss.
O.k. now you have covered the principal areas of what you need to succeed in finding a role in your subject area by being proactive rather than reactive. You have the principals what you will need to do now is tweak each area to improve your success rate. Like any CEO of a business you are now required to keep making improvements to each area until you know them inside and out.
Be sure to request confirmation from the Interviewer or your recruitment consultant on what's the appropriate dress code for your up and coming interview. In the medical space we've noticed that smart corporate attire is the most requested however if your asked to were corporate clothing be sure to confirm again on what exactly is expected i.e. do you need a tie, suit etc
How to dress for a corporate Êinterview in Australia.
Men: This can depend on the position. For senior positions:
Suit (no bold colours pick something in navy or grey)
Long sleeved shirt (make sure it's colour coordinated)
Black or brown oxfords or brogues (wear matching socks)
Cufflinks and watch - only
Portfolio or briefcase (leave the backpack at home)
Ladies: This can depend on the position.
Trouser suit ( navy, black, grey or beige)
A-line knee length dress
Coordinated blouse (beige, white or a matching colour that isn't too bright)
Kitten heels or smart pumps (nothing too high)
Light make up
Neatly manicured nails
Professional bag that isn't overly colourful
If you've taken just one tip from this career coaching email that will help you succeed in your next interview then we feel that this was worth it.
Many thanks for your time today and may we wish you all the best of luck for your next job interview!